Interview with Darren Sloan

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've found that both putting a little money into advertising on social media was helpful and giving out free promotional copies have been rather effective. I don't have much of a budget to work with so when you're up against the wall like that, you have to get creative and find ways to promote.
Describe your desk
Once I unbury it, I'll let you know.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs, so I think my writing became a way to escape the boredom of everyday life, which is why I suppose I write about fantastic and impossible things. I try to dig under the surface of what we see everyday and find the wonder and excitement we don't normally see.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing back in 1994 when I came up with my own comic book character, Spectrum. I put together crude sketches and wrote out his story as well as the stories of the rest of the cast of the speculative comic book. The next year, I was in Northern California, bored again, so I grabbed a notebook and hand wrote my first novel, about Spectrum. I was told it was rather good too, but since then I reimagined it and now 'Spectrum' has been published by Boxfire Press.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just started a new book, and it's actually part of a major 3 part arc for my Demon Hunters series. When the third book comes, it will contain a revelation that will change the face of the entire series and I am so excited about getting them out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After years of pounding the pavement and getting rejected over and over, I discovered indie publishing and I decided that life was too short not to do what you want and if they aren't going to do it for me, I'll do for myself. I think self-publishing gets a bad wrap because the media portrays self-publishers as pathetic losers who failed and this is their only way of winning, in their mind. The truth is there are a lot of good writers and good stories out there that aren't being told because while they are good, they may not fit some demographic of satisfy some market 'need' the big publishers are looking to fill. What they don't get is that you don't know how the people are going to react to something new. It may flop, it may be a hit. A college degree doesn't mean you know everything about everything, and those publishing execs should recognize that sometimes you have to roll the dice and take a chance, otherwise we get nothing but the same story over and over. you know, like TV.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess controlling the lives of my characters. Kind of a God complex here. I love planning and plotting these lives and when things start to come together organically, I get a little giddy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans, the few that I have. It makes me feel so good to know there are people out there who look forward to reading my work. I hope to have more in the future.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the fifth installment of another series I began. I also have a YA novel concept I'm trying to get off the ground and as I said previously, I have a big thing going on over in 'Demon Hunters'.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Janet Evanovich and Stephen King. I also enjoy Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The goal to prove everyone who thought I'd fail wrong. One day they're going to see me shine and know that they were the ones who were wrong. Maybe that sounds a little crazy, but seeing the day that everything I have envisioned becomes real and I find the life I know I was meant to live is what really keeps me chugging along.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like video games. It's a good way to blow off steam. I go to the movies a lot too. Love movies. What a rare trait, right?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. I know I'm publishing electronically and I get the irony, but I am a big fan of real books. I like a book in my hand and the feel of the paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ever? Or after I started writing? I remember my first screenplay, and that first Spectrum novel I wrote in that notebook. I bet if I dig, I could find it.
Published 2014-04-28.
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Books by This Author

Demon Hunters: Fable
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,870. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jack and Jill ran up a hill to fetch a pail of.... holy water? Jack and Jill Corba have lived a sheltered life on their family's farm, but when their father falls ill, they venture out to bring back the one thing that can save his life. You know the stories, but you've never seen them like this. Classic fairy tales get the Demon Hunter treatment and nothing will be the same ever again!
Jason Of The Valley
Series: Jason Of The Valley, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,240. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
From sleazy porn producers, evil exes and psycho serial killers, everyone's just trying to find their happy ending in the valley. This is the story about the strength of friendship and helps us see that no matter how insurmountable life may seem, we can survive and come out stronger than even we can imagine.
Demon Hunters
Series: Demon Hunters, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,750. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Zombies, monsters, and a misplaced Heaven. A decades spanning epic adventure with demons, angels and a guy with two really big guns. Jake Corba had a rough start in life. When he was an infant he lost his family in a tragic church fire, but what was most tragic was that the fire was caused when he was possessed by a powerful demon.